12 Of The Best Indoor Pools In Canada

Baby, it's warm inside—instead of longing for summer days, dive into a mid-winter swim.
12 Of The Best Indoor Pools In Canada

Photo, City of Ottawa

The days are getting shorter and the weather drearier, but that’s no reason to hole up at home with a cup of hot chocolate every day (although we won’t judge if you do). From therapy spas and lap pools for you to water slides and aquatic rock climbing walls for the kids, here are some of the best indoor pools across Canada, so you can backstroke your winter doldrums away.

UBC Aquatic Centre — Vancouver, B.C.

The state-of-the-art aquatic centre at the University of British Columbia is sustainable and accessible. In addition to having a gorgeous recreational pool, 50-metre competition pool and spacious hot tub, it was also built with the environment in mind—the centre makes use of Vancouver’s plentiful rainwater and was purposely built near a bus hub for easy public transit access.

best indoor pools canada: two women use a foam canoe in the UBC Aquatic CentrePhoto, Paul Joseph / UBC Communications & Marketing.

Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre — Toronto, Ont.

Previously known as the Regent Park Aquatic Centre, the Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre is—right off the bat—aesthetically pleasing. The warm wood panels and bright natural lighting are only the beginning of its unique features, however the centre also boasts a 25-metre lap pool, a tarzan rope, therapy spa pool and universal change rooms (that are accessible to all).

best indoor pools canada: wide shot of empty pam mcconnell aquatic centre pool with blue mushroom fountainPhoto, City of Toronto.

Commonwealth Community Aquatic Centre — Edmonton, Alta.

Visually pleasing architecture and indoor pools seem to go hand in hand, and the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre is no exception. It is also close to the LRT, which is a plus. Once inside, the centre’s aquatic centre pools are all salt water pools—including their whirlpool—and they also have an aquatic climbing wall, waterslide and steam room.

best indoor pools canada: boy jumps into pool from aquatic climbing wallPhoto, City of Edmonton.

Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven — Ottawa, Ont.

Before even entering the pool, the sleek architecture of the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven impresses, whether it’s gleaming in the summer sun or surrounded by winter snow. While the indoor pool doesn’t have all the bell and whistles other pools have (there are no waterslides or hot tubs), it has the necessary six lanes for laps, dive boards and a shallow area for kids. Most importantly—it is fully accessible due to Ottawa’s inclusive recreation mandate, and it consistently receives high reviews for overall cleanliness.

best indoor pools canada: view of pool from viewing areaPhoto, City of Ottawa.

Village Square Leisure Centre — Calgary, Alta.

Go big or go home. The Village Square Leisure Centre boasts an “indoor waterpark” with a wave pool, slides, dive tank, a ball swing (pictured above) and “Safari Splash Zone®” for everyone’s enjoyment. They also have a hot tub and steam room, if you’re looking for something more serene. Family admittance costs​ $29.35 for a single visit, but they also offer group discounts if there are more than 10 people—just make sure to book in advance. 

best indoor pools canada: girl uses pool's ball swingPhoto, City of Calgary.

Shaw Centre — Saskatoon, Sask.

The Shaw Centre in Saskatoon is internationally recognized for its state-of-the-art facility and offers a good mix of family friendly and serious swimming. Take a dive into the competitive pool, or get into one of two hot tubs (one of them is more geared toward families, and has both cooler temps and is wheelchair accessible). A general family pass costs $19.60.

best indoor pools canada: man jumps from diving board into shaw centre poolPhoto, City of Saskatoon.

Canada Games Centre Aquatics Centre — Halifax, N.S.

Head to the Canada Games Centre for a spacious Aquatics Centre. It offers four diving boards, two water slides, a therapeutic hot tub and a sauna. For those looking to get in a good workout, try an Aquafit class or check out the eight-lane competition pool during an adults-only hour. Otherwise, they also have a shallow toddler pool and 25-metre leisure pool with sprinklers.

best indoor pools canada: birds eye view of pool, hot tub, and waterslidesPhoto, Canada Games Centre.

Steinbach Aquatic Centre — Steinbach, Man.

We definitely picked this one with kids in mind. Although Winnipeg has its own pools worth going to, it’s worth the 50-minute drive to the Steinbach Aquatic Centre. It’s a whimsical 24,000-square-feet of fun, complete with indoor trees, murals, a playful pig-themed spray fountain, a lazy river and waterslides that are sure to delight children of all ages. For the adults, hop into the six-lane pool, or check out the hot tub and sauna. 

best indoor pools canada: pool with waterslide and muralsPhoto, City of Steinbach.

Complexe aquatique Michel-Leduc (Aquadôme) — Montreal, Que.

The Aquadome is a delightful indoor pool, with high glass walls drawing in so much natural sunlight that it almost feels like you’re swimming outside. The kid-space looks like an actual oasis, featuring slides and mushroom fountains. Of course, adults can have their fun too—on certain evenings, the place hosts adults-only swim sessions for people 17-years-old and up.

best indoor pools canada: patrons swim in indoor pool in glass buildingPhoto,

Credit Union Place Aquatic Centre — Summerside, P.E.I.

The Credit Union Place Sport & Recreation Centre’s Aquatics Centre in Summerside is a beautiful facility decked out with the usual leisure and lap pools and hot tub, plus sauna and steam room, one of PEI’s fastest water slides, and an aquatic climbing wall that swimmers can free fall into the deep end from (fun for kids and adults). For people on the other side of the island, the Bell Aliant Centre aquatic centre at the University of Prince Edward Island is also a great option.

best indoor pools canada: wide shot of patrons at credit union place with water slide and mushroom fountainPhoto, City of Summerside.

Eastlink Centre — Grande Prairie, Alta.

Make your way to Grand Prairie for the Eastlink Centre—their massive aquatic centre boasts a 25-metre heated pool (barrier-free and wheelchair accessible), a 50-metre competition pool with diving platforms, a hot tub, a surf simulator, a dinosaur-themed indoor water park for kids 12 and under, and a lazy river through the water park for the whole family. To top it off, patrons consistently praise the pool’s staff for being helpful and kind.

best indoor pools canada: people kayak in pool, with dino themed water park in backgroundPhoto, City of Grande Prairie, Copyright Beauchamp Photography.

Syncrude Aquatic Centre — Fort McMurray, Alta.

The Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park is 450,000 square feet of fitness and recreation, and the Syncrude Aquatic Centre is among one of its most popular attractions. The centre holds a waterpark on one side, and competitive lane pools on the other. It also offers swimming classes for all ages, from parents and caregivers with babies, to courses for adults and teens.

best indoor pools canada: purple water slidePhoto, courtesy Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo.


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